I am a Lecturer in Oral Microbiology at the University of Sheffield’s School of Clinical Dentistry. After graduating from Leeds University in 1995 with a BSc. in Microbiology, and the University of Sheffield with an M.Med.Sci. degree in Microbial Pathogenicity, I completed my PhD in Genomic Medicine at the University of Sheffield in 2002.
I then moved to Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, to work for Prof. Peter Libby developing near infra red in vivo molecular probes. I returned to the University of Sheffield in 2007 as a PDRA, where I developed a 3D model of infected tissue engineered human skin, subsequently used in several further studies. I took up my first academic post as a Senior Lecturer in the Biomedical Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014, and was appointed to my current post in April 2015.
My research interests are largely translational in nature and lie primarily in novel approaches to a) the acceleration of wound healing, and b) detecting and treating bacterial infections without traditional use of antibiotics, including the use of polymer-based systems, ultrasound and acoustic vibration, novel wound dressings, and using 3D tissue engineered models of oral mucosa and skin to examine effects of infection and treatment on both bacteria and human cells. At present I collaborate with Sheffield Hallam University, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Bradford University, the LVPEI Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, 11 Institutions across 8 European countries as part of a Horizon 2020 grant, and Smith & Nephew.